National Center for Aviation Training

After a century of leadership designing and manufacturing the world’s most advanced aircraft, Wichita now takes its rightful place as a global leader in aviation education. The National Center for Aviation Training built by Sedgwick County fuses Kansas’ aviation experience and expertise with cutting-edge instructional techniques and technology to forge a new educational standard.


Wichita: Aviation Training Capital of the World

From aviation maintenance to composite materials, robotics technology to aircraft completion, NCAT will deliver training for a wide range of jobs critical to all phases of aircraft manufacture. Programs include certificates of completion, technical certificates and associate of applied science degrees.

Aviation Maintenance Technology • Aerospace Manufacturing • Avionics Technology
Robotics • Composite Fabrication & Repair •Non-Destructive Testing • Welding
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• It’s possible to design and build a complete jet without leaving NCAT.
• Hands-on training with state-of-the-art aviation and manufacturing equipment.
• Featuring composites materials lab and autoclave to heat-cure aviation plastics.
• Jabara Airport location allows ready access to aircraft for hands-on training.
• $50 million campus offers capacity to train up to 1,500 students.
• Employer-driven programming ensures adaptation to industry needs.
• 40% of Wichita aviation workforce is eligible to retire in the next five years.

A Place to Take Off

WATC’s state-of-the-art campus is a place to find answers.  For the young student who wants a great job and a rewarding career.  For the mid-career worker looking to move up to a more challenging opportunity or for re-training to meet the demands of an ever changing industry.  For the aviation company searching for bright, capable employees well trained on the latest equipment and in the most up to date procedures.

The National Aviation Consortium

The National Aviation Consortium (NAC) is a $14.9 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to develop industry-standard aviation manufacturing training curricula. Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) was chosen to facilitate and lead the project which includes four other colleges from across the country. Through the partnership of the NAC colleges and the Manufacturing Institute, six aviation-endorsed certifications will be developed. Wichita-area leaders in aviation support this project, including Spirit Aerosystems, Beechcraft, and Cessna. NAC is working with these and other leaders in aviation manufacturing to create the right skills for local workers. Qualified workers are essential to keeping up in the international market.

“Having been chosen by the National Association of Manufacturers to lead the nation by developing an aviation certificate system, WATC is proud to offer the industry’s best training at NCAT. With elite facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and experienced Air Capital instructors, the impact of NCAT will be felt locally and nationally for years to come.” – Dr. Tony Kinkel, President, WATC

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Public-Private Partnership

The 224,000 sq. ft. facility will provide for significant growth capacity for students to engage in aviation and advanced manufacturing training along with strong FAA involvement and support.  The most unique partnership is the joining of Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and WATC to provide workforce training and specialized training as we combine research and training opportunities for our students and the aviation industry.

Teamed With National Institute for Aviation Research

NIAR LogoAt NCAT we will be able to grow our position as a global leader in aviation research through NIAR and provide flexible, business driven, high-tech training to meet future skilled workforce needs from WATC.  Students will have the opportunity for hands on application and learning with research students as they develop new practices for the aviation industry.

“The National Center for Aviation Training will be a valuable asset to the Wichita aviation industry. We’re excited to be part of this unique partnership of training and research that will benefit not only WATC and NIAR, but especially local aviation companies and the community.” – Dr. John Tomblin, Executive Director, NIAR